12: Lullabies for All the Little Critters


Panic Goes to the Zoo


This week, we take a listen to selections from Widespread Panic’s several visits to zoos throughout the United States. The band has always enjoyed playing shows surrounded by natural beauty, but zoos provide an extra added bonus of exotic wildlife. If nothing else, it gave JB and Garrie something random to talk about from the stage. We start off with back-to-back visits to the Jackson Zoo in Mississippi, where Panic played in both 1994 and 1995 (a stellar show, by the way), followed by a trip the Cincinnati Zoo for an all-time favorite summer 96 concert. From there, we head Up North for two shows in the state of Minnesota. The first, 1994 show at the Minnesota Zoo, features a sublime “Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys” with Kofi Burbridge on flute, while our show closer, “Knockin’ Around the Zoo” comes from a visit to the Roy Wilkins Auditorium in fall 2001. Yep, a show about zoos closing with a song about a zoo (well, sort of – it’s about a mental institution) not played in a zoo. The irony was not lost on us – we hope it is not lost on you, either.

Links below go to whole show streams from Panicstream.

30 July 1994 – Jackson, MS – Jackson Zoo
Junior > Porch Song
Source: SBD

14 May 1995 – Jackson, MS – Jackson Zoo
Me & the Devil Blues > Papa’s Home > Me & the Devil Blues > Papa’s Home
Source: FOB Schoeps

18 June 1996 – Cincinnati, OH – Cincinnati Zoo
Radio Child, Sleepy Monkey > Airplane > Do What You Like
Source: AKG 461

15 July 1994 – Apple Valley, MN – Minnesota Zoo
Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys (w/ Kofi Burbridge on flute)
Source: SBD

01 November 2001 – St. Paul, MN – Roy Wilkins Auditorium
Knockin’ Around the Zoo (w/ the Dirty Dozen Brass Band)
Source: FOB Schoeps MK4>KC5>CMC6>V2>AD1K